Updated 3:05 p.m. Wednesday: Mendota Heights has devised a brush removal program to help residents clean up. Any tree branches or brush damaged by the storm may be brought to the curb prior to next Tuesday, June 26, and will be removed by the city. Tree debris can also be brought to .
The removal will then begin on June 26, and could last as long as 10-14 days, according to Mazzitello.
A storm and clean-up hotline has been established: 651-255-1361
The city will most likely start removal in the hardest-hit neighborhoods.
The debris will go into a wood chipper, so do not dispose of non-vegetative materials, such as siding or shingles. If city crews see items like grass clippings or that broken lawn chair from the garage in with your storm debris, they will pass by.
Updated 10:35 p.m. Tuesday: Mendota Heights area residents have been busy cleaning up after widespread storm damage.
Power outages have been reported throughout the city, but power is being gradually restored. The neighborhood around the is reportedly the hardest hit in Mendota Heights.
Xcel Energy anticipates that most of its customers will have power restored by 11 p.m. Wednesday, barring any further damage or delays caused by bad weather Tuesday night.
City crews put in long hours Tuesday responding to the storm, many reporting for work at 5 a.m.
Public Works employees put in 12-hour days on Tuesday clearing streets. The Mendota Heights Fire Department is largely responsible for surveying all the city streets for damage. Police started the day with door-to-door house checks, setting up road blocks and detours, and responding to alarms triggered by the power outage.
"The communication between the police, the fire, public works and the DCC (Dakota Communications Center) was just impeccable," said City Engineer John Mazzitello at Tuesday night's council meeting. "It really couldn’t have been better."
had power and phone service on Tuesday. Email service to City Hall was restored on Wednesday.
If residents face any issues with trees down, power lines or debris in the right of way, Miller said to “keep safety in mind and let the city know.”